Windows 8 Enterprise offers admin capabilities absent in Windows 8 Pro

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As enterprises continue to consider whether or not to adopt Microsoft's latest operating system, administrators need to understand the differences between Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro. The enterprise edition has several features that IT shops may find essential.

Among these useful features in Windows 8 Enterprise are Windows To Go, which allows users to boot the OS from a USB flash drive, and DirectAccess, which provides corporate connectivity similar to that of a virtual private network.

Microsoft RemoteFX helps maintain the user experience for virtual desktops, and BranchCache allows files to be stored centrally without placing demands on WAN connections.

Windows 8 Enterprise also includes AppLocker, which admins can use to control the applications that are run on desktops. Application sideloading is a way for organizations to publish approved Metro-style apps directly to desktops without going through the Windows Store.

View the next item in this Essential Guide: Assembling a Windows 8 migration toolbox or view the full guide: How to migrate off XP and make a Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade

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